Predict Your Regrets: A Lesson to Learn Now, Not Later

Live Better: Don’t Make Mistakes!

More than a hundred years ago, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Perhaps this is where the old adage that any decision is better than no decision originated.

Regret is an emotion that most people have experienced — and most people prefer to avoid. That’s why psychologists are intrigued by it and spend time analyzing it, in an effort to understand it. Researchers at Cornell University found that, in the short term, people feel more regret over actions taken than over actions not taken. But in the long run, people feel more regret over inaction than action. The researchers also found that, in general, regrets of action are more likely to be related to harm done to another person, and inaction regrets are more likely to be related to failed opportunities at self-actualization.

Regrets of action, such as losing your temper, can be reversed more easily than regrets of inaction, because you can do some sort of counteraction as damage control. If you’ve hurt someone, you can apologize. “Once sorry is said, let it go, move on,” advises Psychic Jacqueline ext. 9472. “The fact that it was sincerely addressed and the proper amends were taken, you are done; it no longer needs to have any power over you. Learn from the experience and enjoy what the future holds.”

However, regrets of inaction usually cannot be reversed as easily. While regrets of action are finite, limited to what actually happened, regrets of inaction are infinite, limited only by the bounds set by our imagination. Over the years, we tend to imagine a long list of what could have or would have happened if we had taken action. Regrets of inaction often involve unfulfilled ambitions and continue to cause grief over time, especially if we realize later — in retrospect — that we could have handled whatever action we initially feared.

Some of the most common regrets of inaction, according to the Cornell researchers, are: missed opportunities in education, career, and love; failure to seize the moment; and not spending enough time with friends and relatives. But before you jump into action to avoid such regrets, keep in mind that the most common regrets of action include bad educational choices, rushing in too soon, and unwise romantic adventures.

So where’s the middle ground?

Take Considered Action

The lesson here is to take considered action. Granted, when you see that cute guy or pretty girl in a crowded room, you don’t have much time to consider the pros and cons of approaching them. In fact, if you think about it for too long, someone else will probably get there before you. So that’s a “seize the moment” situation. But after you’ve started that conversation, take time to consider the consequences of letting your hormones get out of control.

With life-changing decisions such as education, career, marriage, and parenthood, you have the luxury of time to weigh all of the factors. Do some research and seek advice. Psychic Miss Krystal ext. 9192 suggests talking to a psychic to help reduce the risk of regret. “Calling a psychic can help you see things more logically.” With the big picture that psychics can see, you are less likely to miss important details.

Although considering all of the facts and possibilities might not eliminate all of the uncertainty related to your action, it will at least give you the confidence that you’re making the best decision based on as much information you can gather at this time. Both scientific research and your grandmother’s wisdom confirm that it is better to act now, than to regret not acting later.

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2 thoughts on “Predict Your Regrets: A Lesson to Learn Now, Not Later

  1. Jane

    I am 63 and feel I have already lost a lot of opportunities for some wonderful times in my life. It’s too late for most of them. So sad!

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  2. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    This is all true…..you don’t want to reach your senior years and look back with regrets.
    Life is meant to be lived !!!!

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